The Truth of Broken Symbols (Suny Series in Religious Studies)

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This book provides a cross-cultural analysis of how religious symbols function from a theological and philosophical perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791427422
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Series: Suny Series in Religious Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents


1. What Religious Symbols Do

1.1. Symbols in Religion
1.2. Symbols and Salvation
1.3. Symbols and Community
1.4. Symbols and Representation

2. Symbols Break on the Infinite

2.1. Reference, Meaning, and Interpretation
2.2. Imagination as Religious
2.3. Imagination as Engagement
2.4. Religious Symbolic Reference

3. Finite Meaning Infinite

3.1. A Complex Meaning: The Eucharist
3.2. The Structure of Symbols
3.3. Network Meaning and Content Meaning
3.4. Meaning the Infinite

4. Taking Symbols in Context

4.1. Interpretation and Intentional Contexts
4.2. Theology
4.3. Cultic Life
4.4. Public Life, Ordinary Life, and Extraordinary Life

5. Symbols for Transformation

5.1. Devotional Life as Transformation
5.2. Devotional Systems
5.3. Creating a Transformative World
5.4. Representation and Fiction in Devotional Symbols

6. Judging Religious Symbols by Consequences

6.1. From Interpretation to Consequences: Divine Child Abuse?
6.2. Religion Among the Dimensions of Life
6.3. Religion Judged by Other Dimensions
6.4. The Truth and Relativity of Religious Hermeneutics

7. Truth in Religious Symbols

7.1. Truth in Religious Practice
7.2. Truth in Religious Devotion
7.3. Truth in Theology
7.4. Truth in Religion: Broken Symbols



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